As it happened: Sheffield 0-0 Coventry City in the Championship
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Thanks for joining me!

That's all we have time for here on VAVEL.

Unfortunately, we had no goals to bring you this afternoon as Sheffield United and Coventry City played out a goalless draw at Bramall Lane.

Thanks for following our coverage, and see you next time!

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Highlights

The highlights from Sheffield United's goalless draw with Coventry City are available on the Sky Sports website. https://www.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/12473444/sheffield-united-0-0-coventry
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3pm schedule

Not long now until the 3pm games get underway. Here's the full schedule.

Bristol City v Blackburn Rovers

Fulham v Barnsley

Huddersfield Town v West Bromwich Albion

Hull City v Birmingham City

Middlesbrough v Millwall

Preston North End v Cardiff City

Reading v Nottingham Forest

Stoke City v Peterborough United

Swansea City v Blackpool

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Full-time stats

Sheffield United 0-0 Coventry City

Shots: 13-9

Shots on target: 2-4

Possession: 57%-43%

Passes: 542-419

Pass accuracy: 80%-71%

Fouls: 9-12

Yellow cards: 3-2

Red cards: 0-0

Offsides: 0-3

Corners: 1-2

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Full-time: Sheffield United 0-0 Coventry

It ends goalless at Bramall Lane. 

The Blades put Coventry under pressure late on but were unable to take their chances.

A draw is probably a fair result.

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90+2' Vital block by McFadzean

Coventry's Kyle McFadzean makes a crucial block to deny Morgan Gibbs-White!
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Three minutes added

A minimum of three minutes are added at the end of the second half. 

Can either side find a winner?

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89' Gibbs-White denied

Conor Hourihane's free-kick into the Coventry box is only cleared as far as Morgan Gibbs-White, whose effort from inside the box is well saved by Simon Moore.
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86' Change for Sheffield United

Sheffield United bring Ben Osborn on for Enda Stevens.
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84' McGoldrick fires over

Conor Hourihane's ball over the top finds David McGoldrick, who once again fires an effort high and wide from inside the box.
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82' McGoldrick tests Moore

The hosts finally test Simon Moore, who makes a comfortable save to deny David McGoldrick.
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80' Sheffield United corner

David McGoldrick's cross is blocked and behind for a Blades corner.
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77' Coventry corner

Todd Kane takes a free-kick for the visitors, and it's headed behind for a corner by Jayden Bogle.
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75' Coventry substitution

Coventry's third change of the afternoon sees Liam Kelly replace Ben Sheaf.
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74' Hourihane tries his luck

United's Conor Hourihane shoots from outside the box, but his effort is just wide.
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70' Chance for McGoldrick

Sheffield United substitute David McGoldrick has a chance inside the box after being found by Morgan Gibbs-White, but the forward's shot is high and wide.
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69' Gibbs-White curls effort wide

Sheffield United are still yet to have a shot on target as Morgan Gibbs-White curls his effort wide.
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64' Godden almost makes instant impact

Matt Godden almost makes an instant impact after being found by Callum O'Hare, but his first-time strike is saved by Blades keeper Wes Foderingham.
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63' Double change for Coventry

The Sky Blues make a double substitution. 

Matt Godden and Tyler Walker replace Gustavo Hamer and Viktor Gyokeres.

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51' Coventry want a penalty

The visitors want a penalty as Callum O'Hare goes down inside the box. 

However, the Coventry midfielder is booked for simulation and the hosts get a free-kick.

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49' Bogle does well

Jayden Bogle breaks into the Coventry box after a one-two with Morgan Gibbs-White. However, his cross goes into the arms of Simon Moore.
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48' Gyokeres denied

Coventry's top scorer Viktor Gyokeres shoots from just outside the box, but he's denied by Wes Foderinham. 
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46' We're back underway!

Sheffield get us back underway for the second half!

The Blades have also made a change, which sees David McGoldrick replace Iliman Ndiaye.

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First-half stats

Sheffield United 0-0 Coventry City

Shots: 3-5

Shots on target: 0-1

Possession: 53%-47%

Passes: 266-228

Pass accuracy: 75%-74%

Fouls: 3-10

Yellow cards: 3-1

Red cards: 0-0

Offsides: 0-1

Corners: 0-1

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Half-time: Sheffield United 0-0 Coventry City

The teams go in at half-time with it still goalless. 

Coventry have been the better side but the final ball has been lacking so far.

The Blades were booed off and will need to improve to win this.

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Two minutes added time

Two minutes are added at the end of the first half.
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43' Hamer needs to be careful

Coventry's Gustavo Hamer, who has already been booked, commits a foul on Billy Sharp.

Mark Robins may be thinking about replacing him for the second half.

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40' Sharp bemused

Billy Sharp wants a free-kick, but the decision goes against him for a handball. 

The Blades skipper struggles to understand that one.

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38' Booking for Hourihane

Sheffield United's Conor Hourihane is booked for fouling Gustavo Hamer.
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30' Bogle booked

Sheffield United's Jayden Bogle is booked for needlessly getting involved after Hamer's foul.
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29' Booking for Hamer

Coventry's Gustavo Hamer is booked for a foul on Morgan Gibbs-White.
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Worrying stat for Sheffield United

A stat on Sky Sports shows that Blades striker Billy Sharp has had the fewest touches in the match.

Will they be able to get him more involved?

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22' Booking for John Egan

Sheffield United's John Egan is booked for a foul on Viktor Gyokeres. 

Fortunately for Egan, he wasn't the last man as Chris Basham was covering.

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15' Sheaf shot saved

Coventry's Ben Sheaf has the game's first shot on target. However, his effort from distance is saved by Wes Foderingham.
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14' No real chances so far

Neither side has had a real chance so far.

United have seen a lot of the ball but are yet to test Simon Moore.

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11' Sheffield United free-kick

The Blades win a free-kick after a foul on Conor Hourinhane by Jamie Allen. 

Another one like that will surely see the Coventry man booked.

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6' Fleck tries his luck

Sheffield United have the first effort of the match as John Fleck shoots from outside the box after nutmegging Jamie Allen.

However, it's wide of Simon Moore's goal.

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1' We're underway!

Coventry City get us underway at Bramall Lane!
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The teams are out!

Sheffield United and Coventry City have made their way out onto the Bramall Lane pitch, and we're just moments away from kick-off!
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Kick-off approaching!

We're now less than 10 minutes away from away kick-off!

Who will come out on top in this Sky Bet Championship clash between Sheffield United and Coventry City? 

You'll find out here on VAVEL!

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Billy Sharp warming up

Will Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp fire his side to victory this afternoon?

 

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Coventry looking to beat the Blades for first time in three meetings

The Sky Blues lost both meetings when the sides met in League One in the 2016/17 season. 

Their last victory in this fixture was a 3-1 home win in April 2016. 

Can Mark Robins' men take all three points today?

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Coventry players warming up

 

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Hear from Blades skipper Billy Sharp

 

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Three changes for Coventry

The Sky Blues have made three changes to the side that beat Bristol City 3-2.

Todd Kane and Dominic Hyam come in Jake Clarke-Salter (injury) and Ian Maaten (suspension).

Jamie Allen also starts over Matt Godden, who drops to the bench.

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Four changes for the Blades

Sheffield United have made four changes to the team that lost 3-1 at Blackburn before the international break. 

Wes Foderingham replaces the injured Robin Olsen in goal, while Conor Hourihane is in for the suspended Oliver Norwood

Ben Davies and Iliman Ndiaye also start, with Rhian Brewster and Ben Osborn dropping to the bench. 

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Coventry City Starting XI

 

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Sheffield United Starting XI

 

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Coventry City players arriving

 

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Sheffield United players arriving earlier

 

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Today's venue

 

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It's matchday!

Welcome back to our coverage of the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Coventry City!

We'll have the confirmed line-ups in 15 minutes.

 

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That's all for now!

I'll be back closer to kick-off with more pre-match build-up, which will include the confirmed line-ups. 

See you then!

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How to watch

Sheffield United v Coventry City kicks off at 12:30 GMT on Saturday 20 November 2021 and will be available to watch in the UK on Sky Sports Football (channel 403).

However, if you want to follow live text updates, VAVEL is your best option!

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Mark Robins pre-match comments

Coventry City manager Mark Robins also spoke to the media.

“I think it (the international break) can be useful because you can get the fatigue levels back but it's generally used for more of a rest time for the first week and although we don’t have the whole time off, we do train, we have a block of days off which you don’t tend to normally have.” Explained Robins.

“The fact now is we’ve had quite a busy period up to this point, obviously 17 league games played then the six that come next, apart from this week where we’ve got a three-game week, you’ve got a week’s grace between games which is helpful too.

“So it can be helpful in a number of ways, one to get some work into players but also it allows them to get some rest into them as up to this point we have performed to a high level and picked up a brilliant amount of points so far then whatever we can do in the next block of six games.

“They will be tough; we’ll have to fight for every point as you normally do and these games coming up are against sides that people fancy in terms of achieving something this season and they’ll be absolutely challenging as they always are.”

On Sheffield United: “I think their performances have actually been ok and  they've been a little bit unfortunate from time to time, but they’ve got good players throughout the side, some of whom we know.

“I know Oliver Norwood obviously; he’s played for Coventry and he played for me at Huddersfield but I think he’s suspended tomorrow.

“John Fleck we know really well, Dave McGoldrick is there and there is a lot of players that we know.

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Slavisa Jokanovic pre-match comments

Sheffield United spoke to the media ahead of the game - here's what he said.

On wanting his side to make it difficult for visiting teams: "I am using different words but sometimes you need to kick a***s because it's not acceptable,” Jokanovic said.

"We have to mark our territory. You are in my home, it's not acceptable. Sometimes I need to grab people by the neck but at the moment we are so kind, we roll out the carpet for our opponents. This is simply not acceptable.

"They are good football players. We can analyse shape and other things but it's a question of the moments where we need to compete.

"Don't be so kind. It's simple, it's not a competition between good and bad people, it's about being a winner and doing everything that is legal to win.”

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Sheffield United vs Coventry City prediction

Coventry have made a better start to the season than United, but I still expect this to be a tricky game for the Sky Blues. 

Their away form is much worse than at home, with four of their five defeats coming on the road. 

However, with the form the Blades are in, there's no reason why Mark Robins' men can't leave with something from the match. 

Prediction: Sheffield United 1-1 Coventry City

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Previous meetings

The last meeting between the sides was a League One match at Bramall Lane on 5 April 2017. 

United won 2-0 on that occasion thanks to goals from Leon Clarke and John Fleck.

Coventry's last away victory in this fixture was on 1 February 2013 in League One, with Clarke scoring both of the Sky Blues' goals that time around.

In total, they have met 63 times, with the Blades edging it with 23 wins compared to Coventry's 22, while there has been 18 draws.

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Key player - Coventry City

One of the Sky Blues' key players is Swedish international Viktor Gyokeres.

The 23-year-old forward is their top scorer this season with nine goals and has also provided two assists. 

However, he is currently going through his longest goal drought of the campaign, having not scored in his last six outings. 

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Key player - Sheffield United

Lifelong fan and Blades captain Billy Sharp is one of their key players.

He's in his third spell with the club and has scored five goals in all competitions this season while providing six assists. 

However, he's without a goal in four games, with his last coming in the 2-1 home defeat against Millwall in October.

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Team news - Coventry City

Chelsea loanee Jake Clarke-Salter is a doubt for Coventry due to an Achilles injury. 

Fellow Chelsea loanee Ian Maatsen is suspended following his red card against Bristol City, while Martyn Waghorn remains sidelined with a shoulder injury.

Predicted line-up: Moore; Rose, McFadzean, Hyam; Kane, Hamer, Kelly, Dabo; O’Hare; Gyokeres, Godden.

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Team news - Sheffield United

The Blades could have Rhys Norrington-Davies, Ben Davies and Sander Berge available following their respective setbacks.

Striker Oli McBurnie is self-isolating after coming into close contact with someone with covid-19. 

Goalkeeper Robin Olsen (muscle) will be assessed, while long-term absentees Jack O'Connell and Adlene Guedioura remain sidelined.

Oliver Norwood is suspended after receiving his fifth yellow card of the season against Blackburn Rovers.

Predicted line-up: Foderingham; Baldock, Egan, Davies, Stevens; Hourihane, Fleck; Brewster, Gibbs-White, Osborn; Sharp.

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Match officials

The referee for the match will be Michael Salisbury. His assistants are Wade Smith and Nick Greenhalgh, while Peter Wright is the fourth official.
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Coventry City looking to continue impressive start

The Sky Blues enter the game sitting fourth in the table, with nine wins, three draws and five defeats from their opening 17 fixtures. 

Mark Robins' side won their last match before the international break, beating 3-2 Bristol City at home, despite having Ian Maatsen sent off with the score at 0-0. 

Matt Godden scored a 92nd-minute winner for Coventry after the visitors had led twice. 

The Sky Blues are currently four points clear of seventh-placed Blackburn Rovers, who face Bristol at Ashton Gate on Saturday.

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Sheffield United looking for first win in four games

The Blades will be looking for their first win in four games on Saturday. 

Slavisa Jokanovic's side have lost two and drawn one of their last three fixtures, most recently losing 3-1 at Blackburn Rovers before the international break. 

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In total, they have won five, drawn and lost eight of their opening 17 matches, currently finding themselves in 17th place. 

Can they get a positive result this weekend to help steer them in the right direction?

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The match will take place at Bramall Lane

Saturday's match will take place at Bramall Lane, Sheffield. 

The stadium has a capacity of 32,050, and this will be Coventry's first visit since April 5, 2017.

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Welcome to VAVEL.com's coverage of the 2021 Sky Bet Championship match: Sheffield United v Coventry City!

Welcome to our coverage of the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Coventry City

My name is Dale Winfield, and I'll be your host for this game. 

We will provide you with pre-match build-up, team news, and live updates throughout the game!

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